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Millerbernd Lighting Announces Launch of Custom Lighting Design Contest

Highlighting the incredible energy savings and flexibility of SSL lighting when coupled with the expertise of a true custom manufacturer, citing the need for innovative designs which incorporate the advantages of LED lighting with the flexibility and quality of custom build, Millerbernd Lighting announces the launch of a Custom Lighting Design Contest at the Light Fair 2009 held May 5-7 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

"The next generation of lighting is breaking out of the box. SSL provides creative people to address and solve business lighting requirements in ways never before imagined." said Brad Millerbernd, CEO of Millerbernd Lighting. "We have had an opportunity to custom fabricate some truly innovative designs and we are excited to open our factory to build unique and pioneering fixtures."

The Grand Prize will be the complete fabrication of the winning design, an all-expense paid trip to Light Fair 2010, $1,000 in cash and potential royalties on the sale of the fixture. All finalists will receive $500 and royalty on any sales of their fixture. Finalist designs will be promoted through the contest website, where visitors will have an opportunity to provide their own judging of the contestant's submissions.

"It's a refreshing change of pace when a manufacture asks those of us in the 'real world' to get involved in the design of a new exciting product," said Dave Zochert, President, Visual Impact Lighting.

The contest is open to architects, engineers, or designers; either professional or amateur. All designs must incorporate LED lighting, metal fabrication, outdoor application and fit within a 30" cube. Design applications will be accepted through September 30, 2009 online at

The contest will be promoted nationally through Millerbernd Lighting's 85+ sales representatives. "We are excited to provide this opportunity to our sales representatives," said Mitch Gaida, Millerbernd Lighting's national sales director. "It provides our representatives the opportunity to reach out and invite those involved in architectural lighting to reconsider and re-imagine the opportunity presented by customized LED fixtures."

"With all of the interest and excitement surrounding LED technology, it makes sense to think outside the box and allow your imagination run wild. How many times have we heard an architect or engineer say the following? 'If you only had a fixture that did this...', or 'Why doesn't someone make a fixture that...'," said Mike Bivens, principal of Lighting Virginia East. "Every spec rep in the country can fill in the blanks as to their own personal experiences, but many share this common challenge on a daily or weekly basis and Millerbernd is providing the opportunity for those with creative energy and imagination to fill these voids."

Millerbernd Lighting is a division of Millerbernd Systems-- a third generation family business in Winsted Minnesota with over 75 years of innovative engineering and custom metal fabrication experience. Millerbernd has been crafting high quality innovative lighting fixtures since 2003.

For more information about the 2009 Custom Lighting Design Contest please contact Joseph Barisonzi or visit

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